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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Lavender & Sweet peas

Things have finally calmed down, I have sprained my ankle and time to sit at the pc again. My dear daughter has arrived in Melbourne safe and sound and the old au pair is showing her around until she leaves and goes back home to New Zealand next Friday, then my daughter starts to take her responsibilities. The weather is cold and rainy in Victoria now, but my daughter is just happy that she saw no spider yet. Thank you all for the good wishes you've sent her under my last post. We have appreciated them very much!

Now back to the garden, heavenly scenting sweet peas are blooming in my garden now, I sowed them in March and it was so worth it for this gorgeous colors and scent:


Also my Lavender bushes, like this one, are ready to get harvested:




After weeks of gray skies and rain the summer sun finally came back to us this weekend:


I just had to snap a picture of my garden princess again, with the freshly picked lavender bouquet:

In my front garden the petunias are blooming beautifully:




When I sit at the black iron chairs above in my front yard I look at beautiful pink hydrangeas:

Now back on my patio with more Lavender harvest pictures:





Also another one of my fave summer flowers, the Monarda, is in full bloom now:


And one more summer fave, the Astrantia major, is also blooming in July:


One of my Dahlias, which I had planted in a pot has survived the mass snail and slug attackes during the wet weather period and is already blooming now:


More sweet pea photos:




And lastly I had to bring the french Lavender in the house where I can enjoy it's "Parfum de Provence" all the time hmmmmm


Hope you liked my little garden update!
Enjoy your weekend everyone! I'm looking forward to catch up with your blogs now!
Carol(a) xox

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your little garden is full of beauty! There is so much to see it seems very large to me. It's so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. Your heart and soul is in that delightful garden.

I'm happy to hear your daughter is safe and sound. I have three grown children. It's still stressful and bittersweet to see them go off on new adventures.
Best,
Kathy

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

The garden pictures are so pretty. Thank you for posting such lovely photos.

Ele said...

So sorry to hear you sprained your ankle. I do wish I could grow lavender where I live. It doesn't survive the winter and summer is to short for any good growth. Always lovely,
Ele

Rosemary said...

Carol,
Soooo, pretty!!
I wish I could find a crown like your garden princess.
I love it.
Rosemary

Leslie said...

Beautiful Carol! Whenever I look at the lovely pictures you take of your garden, I imagine the wonderful scents that surely linger there.

Sorry to hear about your sprained ankle, but glad to hear that your daughter has arrived in Australia safely and also that you are back here posting.

Thanks for sharing!

Lis said...

Deine Fotos sind wie immer eine Augenweide und es ist ein Hochgenuss sie zu sehen.
Auch wenn es schön ist dass wir wieder ein Sommerfeeling haben, warum muss es denn jetzt gleich sooooo heiß werden? Ich werde jedenfalls den heutigen Tag im Schatten verbringen und ich denke dass du das selbe tun wirst.
Schönen Sonntag noch und schone deinen Fuß!

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Your garden princess is looking so sweetly at the lavender! And Sweet Peas are my flower (so they say for those born in the month of April!)

Hillside Garden said...

Ich hab schon wieder nicht alle Bilder sehen können, es läd elend lang. Schade. Einen Einblick in deinen Vorgarten hatte ich noch nicht, soweit ich mich erinnere?

Was macht das Füßlein?

Al

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Sorry about your ankle, I hope it will heal soon Carola!

Lovely eye candy as usual, thanks for sharing. It's nice to see that we have many flowers in common.

This morning the sun was shining but right now it is raining again. Bummer!

It's nice to know that your daughter arrived safe and sound down under. You must miss her a lot!

hugs!

JayJay said...

Hi Carol,

so sweet is your garden, just lke my balkony...

LG from Riensberg
JayJay

linda t said...

Oh I love your garden Carol! And I have always loved Sweet Peas! Yours are exceptionally gorgeous... such brilliant colors!
What do you do when it rains... do you cover your beautiful garden decor... or leave it out to get rained on? I am just curious... cuz everything is always so clean and shiney. My stuff gets so dusty & dirty... and when it does rain, it's a muddy mess.
Thanks Carol for sharing such beauty!

Jojo said...

Liebe Carol, ich bewundere Deine wundervollen Fotos mit den herrlichen Arrangements von Pflanzen/Blüten und kreativen Dekos. Inzwischen bin ich auch Bloggerin und habe mir erlaubt, Deinen Blog zu verlinken. Ich besuche Dich nämlich liebend gern - bis bald - liebe Grüße, Marlene

Happy @/*_*\@ said...

Hi carol, yes we live about 40 mins away from London, and lately have visited there often - we have travelled all around the world and yet we have this beautiful city on our doorstep so lately we have been catching up with quintessentially english antics - it has been fab - I love your garden & I love Hydranga's and Lavender, I have some lavender in my garden at the moment, & I need to harvest it soon therwise it will be past its best....lovely talking 2u - luv your blog and pics on flickr - luv happy @/*_*\@ xx

Anita said...

Hallo Carola!
Gestern hatte ich komischerweise etwas Probleme mit den Ladezeiten der Bilder, aber jetzt geht es!

Sehr schön ist es wieder bei Dir im Garten! Hast Du was bestimmtes vor mit dem Lavendel oder lässt Du ihn einfach so zusammengebunden trocknen? Ich hab neulich eine tolle Idee gefunden für Lavendel, muss ich nur noch in die Tat umsetzten ....

Ich habe übrigens ganz zauberhafte blaue Wicken in diesem Jahr, vielleicht können wir im Herbst nochmal tauschen!

Und meine ersten weissen Tagetes sind soo kräftig in der Zwischenzeit und stehen kurz vor der Blüte.

Viele sonnige Grüße,
Anita

P.S.: Und ich hoffe natürlich auch, daß Deine Tochter ein sehr erlebnisreiches Auslandsjahr verbringt - und nicht zuviel Heimweh bekommt... ;-))

Britt-Arnhild said...

Your garden is beautiful as always.

Our oldest son is in Australia, in Gold Coast, south of Brisbane.

Lallee said...

Carol, I'm so sorry about your ankle. I hope it is better soon. I guess it works in our favor if you are stuck at the computer more ;-) I always love seeing your flowers, the variety you have. I want to try planting some sweet pea seeds in late summer. They don't grow here normally, but I'm hoping they will grow when our weather is cooler in Florida. You have the largest and most intersting 'yard art' of anyone I know. I love to study your pictures and see all the goodies you have!

I'm glad your daughter made her trip safely. You must miss her.
Warmly,
Lallee

jessi nagy said...

Yeah carols back
but boo hoo on the ankle thing.
your pics are fab. your garden is gorgous. it must smell like heaven.
jessi nagy

www.scrappyjessi.blogspot.com

Sugar Bear said...

As always, these pictures are such a day lifter. So beautiful and full of color and light. I hope your ankle is feeling better and you are back on your feet (no pun intended!).
Karla

carolyn said...

Goodluck to your daughter hope she has lots of fun and hope your ankle gets better soon.

Tracy said...

Oh Carol, so sorry to hear that you've sprained your ankle. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

Your astrantia major is wonderful. Is it difficult to grow?

stadtgarten said...

Carola, die Bilder aus Deinem Garten tun so gut! Du hast einfach ein Händchen für Dekorationen und Effekte und oft sind Deine Fotos schöner als in manchen Wohn-und Gartenzeitschriften.
Vielen Dank!
LG, Monika

Julie said...

As others have echoed, your garden is exqusite! I love the lavendar and the sweet peas. I am from South Texas and I know lavander does not do well here - it is just too hot and humid, but I am going to try the sweet peas next spring and see if they will thrive. Thank you for sharing!

Lori said...

Carol, Hope you can translate my comment! Of all the blogs I've read and their gardens yours is the most beautiful I have ever seen! Wonderful blog, and photos! Lori In Indiana U.S.

jeannene said...

Carol, Love your garden update!! Such lovely and most beautiful flowers you share with us. You are from Germany and so was Einstein...well I am playing a game on my blog and would like your input!!

Good Luck!!
Hugs,
Jeannene

primrozie said...

Hi Carol! Your garden is looking magical. Very beautiful. I didn't get any flowers planted this year. Just veggies. My nasturtiums were dumped off the porch rail by one of the cats and I didn't get around to planting more seeds. Didn't buy any in flats either!

My lavendar is up though and drew in many bees for pollination. We don't have many honey bees.

Lee W. said...

Such a wonderful treat to find your blog. Your garden pictures are gorgeous, and very inspiring!

Darlene (Dee or Gram-D) said...

oh my goodness! I am so in love with you garden! How beautiful! And your photos!...amazing!

Wurzerl said...

Hi Carol, habe bei jojo den Link zu Dir gefunden und bin so begeistert von Deiner Art zu pflanzen und zu dekorieren. Das ist alles so gemütlich einladend, daß ich gerne wieder zu Dir komme. Ich hoffe, es ist Dir recht, daß ich Dich in meinem Blog verlinke?

LG Wurzerl

Caesar and Princess said...

very pretty photos
We enjoyed them!!

moni said...

oh... I love your Garden... its so nice
great moni

Sue said...

Carol,
Your garden is just gorgeous. Love the sweet peas and lavender and your blue petunias are glorious. Love your photos. Thanks for sharing.
Sue

Betzie said...

Ahhhhh....like a breath of fresh air visiting here.
Love love love that rusty crown! Where did you find it? So sweet!
Wonderful flowers...

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Hi Carol! Just popping through to say hello, thanks for the comments and I've missed you!!
Sounds like all the concerts have been great fun for you and your daughter! Are you missing her? When does she come for a visit?

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I hope your ankle is much better, Carol! And I am glad to hear your daughter has made it to Australia safe and sound!

I love the intense pink color of your hydrangea! We see mostly blue ones here on Cape Cod, so when I see a pink one it really catches my eye.

Happy Weekend!

Elzste said...

Sorry to hear about your ancle. Hope it gets better soon.
I must say I just adore your garden. It's so lovely. I will continue looking here during my rearrangement of my own.
Have a great weekend.
Love Elzie

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Everything is beautiful as always! I wonder what temps are down there now?

lauren said...

Carol, so glad to hear from you and see that you have posted again. And Yippee(!) more photos from your gorgeous garden. I can't get over how much is blooming!! It's so hot here now, it's like they can't get enough water to bother forcing out blooms...
So beautiful as usual, thanks for sharing it all with us!

Becky~ said...

Your "garden princess" is fabulous.
Everything in your garden is lovely. Take care,
~Becky

Mia said...

Your sweet peas look so lovely, as do you lavender and all the other flowers in your garden. My sweet peas have finally started to bloom as well, but unfortunately the only place I seem to be able to grow lavender is in pots on my deck (and yes, they are blooming at the moment, but will most likely not survive the comming winter). I hope you are coping well with you daughter down under. It must be very exciting for her. Thank godness for computers, emails and telephones! Hope you will continue to enjoy better weather than we have had lately (rain, wind and thunder, more like autumn than summer). Hugs from Mia

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

I have been looking at your blog for quite some time - your pictures give me chill bumps! I've never seen more gorgeous Gardens! You have a very green thumb & beautiful ideas in arranging things! Great job & a beautiful blog!
Nice to meet you!
Kathy

Betty Jo said...

Carol your photos are always sooooo beautiful and a treat for the eyes and soul. Your garden is incredible. Thank you for sharing with us. xoxo

MariaJ said...

Hello dear C! Finally I have time for answering you and your comments on my blog. We've been very busy with the quests we've got here. Here in my hometown is a national fair for single family houses and all our friends want to go there and visit us at the same time of course...Oh boy your life has changed now. You daughter lives now so so far a way. You must miss her terribly! I'm sure this experience is good for your both haa...Your garden: Isnt it just a great feeling to have all your beautiful items and flowers around you. Summer really lifts our spirit like your blog too...Hugs M

Carolyn said...

Hi Carol... this is my first visit to your blog, as I'm a relatively new blogger. What a beautiful garden tour you have provided here! Your photos, and your flowers are lovely, simply lovely! I was taken by the vibrant color of all of them. And your Astrantia major is incredible! Am so glad I came by. Glad your daughter is safe and sound in Melbourne, and that you have such a wonderful garden to enjoy now. Hope your ankle is on the mend. Thanks for this sharing this gorgeous, gorgeous, garden with us! Have a great day. :-)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh, Carol, I am so sorry about the ankle! And just now, when you could probably use some diversion in your life.

I know you are happy for your girl, but you will miss her! My eldest daughter is finally coming home, after living in Scotland for four long years.(although we saw her twice a year!)I still missed her terribly.

Hope you feel better, your palette in your garden is always stunning!
hugs to you,
Lidy

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

All of the photos are beautiful, but I do love the rusty crown on the terra cotta bust!

ina peppels said...

lovely al of yout picture s and decoration it s just my style ,it s the first time that i visit your blog ,greetings from holland ina

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Carol... your garden photos are gorgeous! Your daughter is very close to Natasha Burns... I bet she will love it there but right now is sooo cold!

Hope you feel better with your ankle!

Heather

Kerri said...

Hi Carol! Your garden is looking glorious! My lavender didn't make it through the winter, but I bought another plant. I can almost smell yours. Gorgeous!
How wonderful that your daughter is visiting Australia. I'm sure she'll love it, especially when the weather warms up.
I enjoyed seeing your reflection in the mirror :)
I hope your ankle heals quickly!

Andrea's Garden said...

Hallo Carol, ich hoffe, deinem Knöchel geht es wieder besser. Ich war schon länger nicht mehr hier, hatte aber selbst viel um die Ohren. Dann hoffe ich, dass es deiner Tochter in Melbourne gut geht und sie eine nette Familie gefunden hat. Deine Bilder und Dekorationen sind natürlich wieder toll! LG Andrea

Joanna said...

Glad to hear your duaghter has arrived safely, your garden is looking wonderful. I wish I had some lavender in mine, its on the list of plants, to get for it.

Mrs. Staggs said...

You sprained your ankle? Oh no!
On top of having your daughter away too. I hope you're doing ok.
I love the combination of all the lavenders and blues with your pink. I always think of pink, when I think of you! It's all very beautiful Carol.
I'm glad to hear that your daughter had a safe journey.
Take care. I hope all is better soon.

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Carol,
As always your garden is just so beautiful! I love your photos of it.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Wow your daughter is in Melbourne! Yes i know the suburb she is in, it is about 40 minutes drive from my place, over the other side of Melbourne. It is a very beautiful (and extremely expensive) part of town to be in! And she is near the beach there. But not much good going to the beach in the weather we are having. At least the other day it got as high as 17 degrees celsius, which was quite warm compared to the cold weather we have been having lately.
I hope she will love it here.
Oh I would love to see the trams in Bremen, I think they are such fun and a great way to get around.
Well enjoy your day (night!) and take care,
Natasha : )

Miyelo said...

Hallo Carola,
ich bin heute zum ersten Mal hier gelandet und bin ganz begeistert von deinen Bildern bzw. deinen Gartenarrangements. Ich frage mich nur,seit ich hier und auf anderen Bloggerseiten stöbere, warum soviele in Deutschland ansässige Bloggerinnen auf englisch schreiben. Hat das einen Grund?
Wie auch immer, ich werde gerne wiederkommen und nehme sicher die eine oder andere Anregung mit.
Herzliche Grüße
Elke / Miyelo

Rosa said...

Lavender is my all time fav. Everything is beautiful as always.

jennifer Paganellli said...

lovee these pendants and I am determined to learn I took a class didn't learn a thing..it's a long story..would you share where to buy big glass etc or if not I'll just enjoy yours for now..Thanks sooooo pretty...all my best, Jennifer

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